The Architect’s Newspaper recently published a feature on the Adams Street Library in DUMBO, the first new Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) location in nearly forty years.
The opening of the Adams Street Library is the culmination of a multiyear partnership between Hester Street and the Brooklyn Public Library, along with Grain Collective, to develop and implement a community engagement strategy that informed the design and programming of the new space. Starting in 2018, the Hester Street team worked with BPL staff to strengthen partnerships and build relationships with local community-based organizations, stakeholders, and the 3000+ Farragut House residents that the new library branch now serves. HST’s engagement approach centered issues of segregation and inequity between the high- and low-income areas of DUMBO by addressing challenges and opportunities related to neighborhood connections, branch culture and identity, targeted programming, spatial design, and access.
We are thrilled to see that this new library reflects community input and elevates resident voices that have been historically marginalized.
Image by Gregg Richards via The Architect’s Newspaper